* Posts by David Nash

1000 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008


Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror

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Re: Strangest sounds ever heard from the head...

Inside a...head?

waiting near the kids' heads?

died laughing because of a song from Frozen?

(also baffled).

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface

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Were they not Boffins?

Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'

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Re: Targetted ads

"I remember being on a scuba diving site once looking to book a holiday, and seeing ads being presented for kitchen white goods."

Well, (1) the site you are on is no longer of relevance to the ads that you see. The whole point of this discussion is that the ads are determined by information they have about you, rather than which site they are shown on; and (2) perhaps you are blocking tracking as far as possible, therefore they don't actually have much accurate information about you.

You didn't actually say that you weren't interested in kitchen white goods by the way.

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Re: Sorry, can't do that...


There seems to be an increasing tendency for users/inventors of new techniques to employ reasoning like "If we do X, it will be illegal, so the law must be changed" rather than "we can't do X because it's illegal".

See also Uber vs. taxi registration and employment laws; AirB&B vs hotel regulations, etc. etc.

NASA boffins show Moon water supply could – er, this can't be right? – come from the Sun

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Re: Paradigm shift ?

I am dubious of any video that starts with "100% Proof Free Energy"

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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True, the people who say things like "in this day and age" forgets that things were designed and built in a previous day and age, and things that mostly work, like GPS, tend not to be just thrown away for the latest shiny as if it were an iphone 6.

Alleged SIM swapping crypto-crooks cuffed, iOS app snooping, ad-fraud botnets, and more

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Re: Sms should not be used for 2fa

If you have your phone set up not to display the content of SMS until unlocked, should be OK, no?

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Re: The largest pecker

Just thought it was funny that this was posted by "NanoMeter"

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Re: I have some questions

Presumably (although IANAL either) if they told the guy they were going to publish and that was that, it's not blackmail even if he then proposes some deal and they agree not to publish.

Whereas if *they* propose a deal not to publish it is indistinguishable from blackmail.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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Re: Missing the obvious

Way to go with the sweeping generalisation!

I am a cyclist *and* a driver, they are not mutually exclusive, and I follow the highway code, rules of the road etc when in both roles. There are good and bad drivers and cyclists, so let's have less of that please.

How did we get from self-driving cars to slagging off cyclists?

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

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Given that there were apparently signs indicating the use of this equipment, and publicity beforehand, I am surprised that anyone on a watchlist (assuming they know that the police are after them) walked past the cameras at all.

European Commission orders mass recall of creepy, leaky child-tracking smartwatch

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Re: Same test results, different conclusion?

Yeah that's how it came across to me too "Iceland? Who cares about Iceland, we're in Germany!"

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Re: Tip of the Iceberg

China Export is the other one, cunningly designed to look almost but not quite entirely unlike the CE mark.

LibreOffice patches malicious code-execution bug, Apache OpenOffice – wait for it, wait for it – doesn't

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Re: Someone please explain...

Isn't that the point of the article?

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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Re: A long time ago on an OS far away

Both morals are right; the software should validate user input, and the admin should not have made a change to a prod system without testing it first.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: Why not...

"They only listen via the remote when you press a button to trigger them. Simples."

That's what they tell you. Are you being paranoid enough?

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Re: Nest Smoke Alarms

How does a microphone allow testing of a smoke alarm?

My smoke alarm has a button marked "Test" and I only shout at it when the battery is expiring and it starts making irritating noises.

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Re: Again I have to ask...

1. Scope creep and potential (ab)use for things you (and they) haven't thought of yet

2. For all kinds of reasons the default in life should be that things are private, not shared. These things are trying to make it the other way round.

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Re: you could simply not put the creepy things in your home

"without any need for a cloud"

There has to be a market for this kind of thing. Maybe it would need a bit of training that the cloudy ones don't need, but that's got to be worth it.

Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes

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Re: Oh deary dear...

Is WhatsApp not end-to-end encrypted?

We don't use it for work but I am interested to know how it is less secure than some other sanctioned messaging service?

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

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Why do people think phones ring?

Some phones ring.

But clearly "ring" has evolved to mean "the state of receiving an incoming call, even if it is not actually making a noise"

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'

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Fortunately the weather will cause lots of scarf-wearing. Many faces will be covered anyway.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Re: But they were getting paid?

No, they were teenagers getting bribed for something they didn't appreciate the consequences of.

Just paying for something doesn't always mean it's alright.

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Re: Do these "scandals" have any adverse affect though?

"It's their only link because they won't delete it."

True, and what's worse in my view is companies and (more often) other organisations that use FB or other social media as their main internet presence.

Nearly as bad as when you see a tradesman's van with a gmail or a hotmail email address on it. Just unprofessional.

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Re: RE: Luke Worm

The difference is that for Android, apps don't need to be signed to use them. Anyone can distribute an app for "side-loading", abuse of a corporate cert for internal apps is not required.

So while FB also have this for Android, no rules needed to be broken in order to do so.

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Re: But but - Apple protects our privacy!

I am no fan of Apple, although I dislike them less than I do FB. I don't own a single one of their devices personally but it seems to me that they did the right thing here. Apple weren't the ones breaking the rules, and even if FB have a bad reputation it wouldn't be the right thing for Apple to have pre-emptively refused them a certificate.

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Re: Who is to blaim for being taken by scammers?

IT Monkey's Nan deserves more upvotes for that.

As for who's to blame - it's all about plausibility. Some scams are plausible, especially if they mimic real customer service communications.

Sadly it's reached the point where I instinctively distrust even genuine emails from my ISP, paypal, etc.

Do you feel 'lucky', well, do you, punk? Google faces down magic button patent claim

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Re: Yiddish?

Even if it's incorrect usage it's far from being racist.

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

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How was it a failure?

They didn't say they were going to grow crops, they did an experiment to study the germination of seeds.

And that is what they did, successfully.

Of course they didn't expect it to survive the lunar night temperatures. That doesn't mean the experiment failed. If it provided some results, it was a successful experiment, whatever the results were.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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Re: Running backwards ?

Maybe if the clock time is held in a value where max=N, and it receives N-1 pulses in a very short time, it will count up and wrap around, and the result is to appear to be counting down rather than up.

Like a wagon wheel (not the biscuit) appearing to roll backwards when it's actually going forwards.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Re: Historical accuracy

I was an early Demon user, then later Pipex.

Sadly the service from Pipex deteriorated in the later years.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Back in the day, we used to get DVDs on rental, which were sent out by Lovefilm. LoveFilm ended up being owned by Amazon.

One day my wife placed an Amazon order and entered her Mother-in-Law's address, as it was a gift for my parents.

Somehow that address got matched with her LoveFilm account, and from that day, we stopped receiving LoveFilm disks, and my parents started receiving unsolicited DVDs.

Neither of us realised what had happened and both parties went through several rounds with Amazon of "where's my DVD" vs. "Stop sending my DVDs" until several months later when we were talking about it and the penny dropped.

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Not foolproof by any means but it may help to disallow "paste" into the "enter your email again" boxes.

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Re: Not everyone likes a +

Slightly off-topic but also these email validators should automatically strip out trailing spaces, since they are just put in there by my phone keyboard auto-suggestion.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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I used to be able to read them easily and knew all the common values by sight. Now not only are there additional bands, but middle age has set in and I find it hard without a decent magnifier or at least a set of reading glasses.

Agree on the muddy colours too.

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: Re "Idiot tax"

The Stallman link seems to be about Facebook, not Android.

It's perfectly possible to be careful about privacy on Android. Similary it's possible to be "owned" by Google and Facebook via Apple. What iphone user doesn't use Google maps or search?

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

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Re: it's like RAAAAAIIINNN ....

It's perfectly consistent...they know that *they* require backdoors, so the assumption is that Huawei's Chinese governmental masters also require backdoors.

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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Re: Wait...

That's what the article says, yes.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: Teamviewer

I once encountered a left-handed user who used the mouse upside down, with the wire trailing towards them. Move left, it goes right, etc.

My guess is that she did it the first time to reverse the buttons, then just learned it like that.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: Unsuitable owner

It's not a utility, it's a private company offering a service, and not even a monopoly.

Are you seriously suggesting sanctions against any country where the government doesn't agree with every policy of our government?

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Faulty Software?

So if it was an expired certificate, what's all this about "The faulty software that has caused these issues is being decommissioned" ???

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Re: Do people really need reminding buses are still running?

I don't think it's just the app, but the automatic ETA signs at the bus stops. The theory being, if the sign doesn't show any buses are on the way, perhaps no buses are on the way.

However on main routes in London you can usually just open your eyes and look up from your phone and notice several buses in any direction you care to look.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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gave away their operating system for free?

Are you naive enough to think that wasn't a business decision like any other?

And did they actually "give it away for free" or were there conditions attached?

Microsoft: New icons, new drivers, AI! Everything is awesome!

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Re: Signing into Outlook on the web just got easier!

Funny how the link to outlook.com changes into http://t.co/P5TTNEYOSt when you hover over it (no I won't be clicking it).

Why? What's the benefit?

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

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The irritating emails seem to be arriving ever earlier too.

You'd think they don't know the meaning of "FriDAY".

Good to see that most people have seen through this charade for what it really is.

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We didn't have Black Friday. It's not a surprise that we still don't have Black Friday.


Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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Just turn off the stupid voice-activated things.

And no, I didn't add a Google widget to my home screen because I can just long-press the home button to bring up Google search.

Or was that comment in the article aimed at the minority* of readers who are iphone owners? It did say "you" but didn't qualify that.

* Assumed, because Apple have a minority of the smartphone market.

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Re: Traditions

"Surely the moral should be: see a bunch of Americans starving, for God's sake don't help them or they'll take you for everything you've got!"

Although they weren't really "Americans" at that time.

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Coincidence? Maybe not.

I received a fake Amazon Marketplace email but it was obvious from the Subject and Sender that it wasn't real. It had [URGENT] in the subject which clearly marked it out as spam.

I deleted without opening it. Maybe this was the source.


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